When you choose Perkee Fairtrade coffee, not only can farmers in the Soppexcca cooperative build a better quality of life for their families and communities, they can invest in growing better quality beans too.
bartlett mitchell’s commitment to Fairtrade-certified coffee sourcing has achieved a great deal for the Soppexcca cooperative. The cooperative has invested the Fairtrade Premium in an education fund and an empowerment programme focusing on a mobile women’s health screening programme and commercial support to set up a biscuit business.
Fairtrade minimum price
With Fairtrade, the Soppexcca cooperative is guaranteed to receive at least the Fairtrade minimum price for their coffee, which aims to cover their costs of production and act as a safety net when market prices fall below a sustainable level. Through the cooperative, their farmers also receive the additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community improvements. Soppexcca farmers have invested in an organic fertilizer plant and a cacao plantation. As well as providing farmers with a short term safety net through Fairtrade’s Minimum Price, as sales of Perkee grow, bartlett mitchell is contributing to more of these longer term positive social and environmental projects.
Soppexcca coffee farmers invest at least 25 percent of their Fairtrade Premium in improving productivity and quality.
Choosing Fairtrade coffee means you’re also supporting the Soppexcca farmers to fight the many challenges they may face. We visited the farmers in Nicaragua and they told us their worries include the effects of climate change, low and unpredictable incomes and a sustainable future for their children.
Drinking Perkee is coffee is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the drink we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for Soppexcca farmers and workers in Jinotega, Nicaragua.
What the Fairtrade organisation does
Fairtrade sets standards: Fairtrade Standards social, economic and environmental standards that are set for both companies and the farmers and workers who grow the food we love. For farmers and workers the standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment.
Fairtrade independently certifies products and ingredients. They check that Fairtrade standards have been met by the farmers, workers and companies that are part of products’ supply chains. To reassure consumers this has happened, they license the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products and packaging.